, attached to 1997-11-21

Review by dogogbyn

dogogbyn I don't have much to add to thoughtful reviews above. However, I'd like to make a case for all phans to give multiple listens to the Emotional Rescue > SOAM which opened the first set. From roughly 12:00 onward, this Rescue covers some delightfully dark territory, and the SOAM (particularly at about 6:30) highlights the band's ability to effortlessly 'lock in' with one another in the midst of each member blazing their own path. Moreover, I find this SOAM to be more aurally pleasing than, say, the Niagara '95 Melt--a take that many fans love for its 'demented', knotty essence. Is this Melt arguably 'Type I'? Yes, but it'll bite your face off. I won't weigh in on which show is the 'best' of the 11/21-11/23 run, I'll simply conclude by positing that if you want to hear Phish shred like maniacs in the era of '97 funk, this Melt's for you.


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